Corcoran Neighborhood Volunteer Recognition Dinner

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The Corcoran Park gymnasium was transformed into a cozy, candle-lit dinner space for the annual Neighborhood Volunteer Recognition Dinner held Wednesday, February 12.  The free annual event is open to all Corcoran community members, including residents, volunteers, and honorary neighbors.

Greg and Chelsea Miller, longtime Corcoran residents and owners of the food truck Kabomelette, generously donated their time and culinary skills to prepare fajitas for the dinner. Kabomelette is a neighborhood favorite, frequenting the Midtown Farmers Market and local events such as Powderhorn Porch Fest.

The Millers have a strong tradition of giving back to the Corcoran community: Chelsea’s mother, Margaret Vaillancourt, was awarded the Dorothy LaDue Lifetime Volunteer Award this year for her many years of service in Corcoran. Margaret’s nominators described her as “the ultimate block leader,” “outgoing and full of good cheer,” and “one of a kind.” Margaret, who passed away this fall, wrote for the Corcoran News, taught aerobics at the YWCA, and helped put on neighborhood events such as the Corcoran Book Sale.

Community members nominate not just the Lifetime Volunteer recipient, but also folks they feel deserving of the Volunteer of the Year award. Nominees for the Volunteer of the Year Award contributed to Corcoran in diverse ways, such as engaging neighbors in community activism, dedicating immense amounts of time and energy to the Midtown Farmers Market, and translating the Corcoran News, among other contributions.  This year’s nominees include Eden Spencer, Emmalyn Kayser, Erika Garcia, Genevieve Olive, Kate Duffy, Kim and Tom Medin, Marco Davila, Marcos Lopez-Carlson, and Oscar Del Sebastien. Genevieve Olive was awarded the Corcoran Volunteer of the Year Award for her initiative in starting the Corcoran Community Garden, which will enter its second season this spring.

If you are interested in becoming more involved in Corcoran Neighborhood but aren’t sure where to start, call the Corcoran Neighborhood Office at 612-724-7457 or email info@corcoranneighborhood.org. We’d love to help you find a way to plug into the Corcoran community.

Thank you to the local businesses who made the Volunteer Recognition Dinner possible: including Bergen’s SuperValu, La Perla Tortilleria, La Poblanita, Cochina Mexicana, Panaderia Y Pasteleria, and Salty Tart.

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